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The Great Lakes are having something of a surfing moment. In the modern surf media’s quest to mine untapped veins of even the faintest hint of gold, they’ve uncovered a thriving, if hardscrabble surf scene along the shores of Lakes Michigan and Superior, and they’ve been shining a bright light on it in recent years.

This video, from Andrew Wyton, less concerned with the best waves the lakes produce, instead captures the weirdness and occasionally genuine surfability of the freshwater seas of the upper Midwest. The wave quality there can be surprisingly good, not necessarily plan-a-surf-trip there good, but definitely may-want-to-consider-packing-a-board good if a road trip to Minnesota beckons.

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